How to run for local office

If you are ready to get involved in your local community in a truly meaningful way, perhaps you’ve considered running for local office but did not know how to go about it. Well, you’re in luck, we’ve teamed up with the bright folks at Collin County Votes to put together a comprehensive guide on how to run for local office.

So, have ever thought about running for office in Plano? Or Frisco? Or McKinney? Well, this guide is for you—a simple and practical guide on how and why to run for office in Collin County. If you have ever thought about running for office, this guide will help you better understand the steps needed to make running for office a reality.

So why run for local office?

There are many reasons as to why one might choose to run for office, each persons ‘why’ being very personal and different, nevertheless, below are we share a few stories from community members who took the plunge to make an impact on their communities.

Learn about the big issues

The following series of videos features local civic and business leaders discuss a variety of topics from the importance of diversity in public service to what it really takes to run for office and serve the community including an interview with Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and former Frisco Mayor Maher Maso.

Follow these 8 steps to running for office

  1. Talk to your family and friends. Their blessing is the first and most important.
  2. Clear it with work. Are they okay with you being in the news? Taking time away from the office?
  3. File your appointment of treasurer. File with your filling authority. If you are running for local office, file this with the city secretary, or board services of your school district. This has to be done before you can talk to anyone about raising money.
  4. Make a list of your supporters. Make a list of all your friends, neighbors and any community leaders that you know will endorse you. This will lend your campaign credibility.
  5. Call your close friends and family first. Once you have an idea of how much money you can raise, consider finding a campaign manager to help you put together a budget and campaign plan that will include voter contact efforts, signs and materials and more. Familiarize yourself with Campaign Finance and Ethics Rules too.
  6. File your application to be placed on the ballot. When the filing period opens, file with your local filing authority. The filling period will run January 13th through February 12, 2021. Now you are officially a candidate for office!
  7. Campaigning. Your time now will be spent attending forums, meeting constituents, potentially block walking and making phone calls, and continuing to raise money.
  8. Early Voting. You’ll spend this time greeting voters at the polling locations, continuing to make calls to voters and executing your campaign plan.

Additional Resources

Texas and County Resources for Candidacy

Collin County Votes / Collin County Business Alliance

This page and its resources was made possible through our partnership with Collin County Votes, a local non-partisan voting campaign initiated by the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA). The CCBA was established in 2011 by leaders from across Collin County with the mission of making the county an even more vibrant place to live and work.

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